It can feel as though we’re a little out of practice when it comes to arranging lunch with friends because for many of us it’s been a while since we have done anything like this. However, the good news is that arranging dinner at a restaurant or lunch out is really easy – and enjoyable, so don’t be put off. You deserve nice times with friends so make it happen!
Getting Everyone Together
One of the biggest hurdles when arranging lunch with friends is trying to sort out a time when everyone is available – after all, we all live such busy lives! One of the best ways is for the organiser to pick a couple of dates and put this out to the group – and you all agree that you’ll book the date that is most popular. There will be some people that feel disappointed, but you can always say you’ll arrange lunch at another time too!
Where To Go
You know your friends better than anyone else, so make sure you take into account everyone’s needs. Some of your friends may have food requirements and this is something you should bear in mind when choosing where to go. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends for their recommendations, after all, you’re going to want somewhere that everyone is going to enjoy! There are other things you should bear in mind in terms of accessibility too – are stairs going to be an issue? Is a booth going to be okay or do some of your friends need a little more space? It doesn’t have to be complicated but just thinking about what everyone might need is a great way to make sure that everyone is happy and that your lunch is as successful as possible.
Although we’re free of Coronavirus restriction laws, many places are still restricting the number of people they allow in. When attending private dining restaurants it’s best to book in advance, that way you avoid turning up when they are too busy and being turned away. When you book online via somewhere like Squaremeal, you can also let them know of any requirements – a table by the door or one on the ground floor for example which means you’re much more likely to be happy with where the group is sat. You can often negotiate deals or special offers when booking in advance too, especially if there is a large group of you due to be attending.
One of the most important things about arranging lunch with friends is to make sure that you and everyone attending has a good time. Although you can’t control every factor of lunch out and things can always go wrong – checking where people want to go and being organised enough to book in advance is a great way to make sure that you have the best possible chance of having a good time. Then, all you have to worry about is what you’re going to wear and what cocktail you’re going to have first decisions, decisions.
If you have any tips for arranging lunch with friends or other things to do this summer. we’d love you to share them below!